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Feb $1 Bill Challenge Update

February 29th, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I ended the month with $30, so I essentially saved more than a dollar a day. I haven't decided whether I'm goin to try and save $5 bills instead for March so I guess I need to make up my mind soon. I also ordered a $25 AGC via SB today

I got my tax return yesterday, I decided to add $30 to it to bring the total to an even $1500. I will send $500 as an extra mortgage payment, $500 to my Bahama 2013 fund and $500 for me. I'm thinking about getting an Ipad but haven't decided on that either and I will wait until next week to check out the Ipad 3. Do any of you have an Ipad? If so what are your thoughts?

Finally I decided to juice today instead of a smoothie. I made my very own veggie concotion: cucumber,carrot,tomato,and brocoli It wasn't too bad.

Nice Surprise in USAA Account

February 28th, 2012 at 10:29 pm

The last time I checked the IRS website, it stated I would get my federal return in March. Well I checked my USAA account today and there it was! I got back $1463 and will be adding to the Biggest Loser Debt Challenge I posted about earlier. I need to decide how I'm going to allocate it as well. I have really been wanting an Ipad Smile

The BIGEST LOSER of DEBT 8 week Challenge Begins 1 Mar

February 28th, 2012 at 06:55 pm

This challenge was started by a member of the Dave Ramsey forums and I thought I would tell everyone about it and see if anyone wanted to join in. The way the 8-week challenge is designed is simple.

1) If you sign up you need to commit to pay off (or save if you are debt free)the following amounts.

$250 Gerbal
$500 Hamster
$1000 Bulldog
$2500 Piggy
$5000 Hippo
$7500 Rhino
$10000 Elephant
$15000+ Whale

I'm going for the Hippo($5,000). The amounts include any minimums that you're already paying. I'm debt free so I will be using my funds to pay extra on mortgage, adding to vacation fund, and saving to buy a new computer or IPAD.

2) Make a plan on how you will do it and share.

3) Post weekly updates/progress report on the weekend outlining your success.

Another part of the challenge is to make a vision board and share with everyone but I will make this optional. If you do decide to make one, please have it posted by Mar 11th.

I will keep a running tally of everyone that decides to join, any takers!!!

Getting Back to Normal

February 28th, 2012 at 03:55 am

Last week I was out of town visiting a sick family member and I'm happy to be back home. Traveling definitely throws things off from eating right to working out but today is a new day.

While gone, I did continue my green smoothies but they were the store bought kind. Today I made a fresh one and I can definitely tell the difference. I also worked out today. It was good getting a good sweat in.

On a financial note, I have 27 one dollar bills saved. Staring 1 March I think I switch things up and save all 5 dollar bills instead. Today has also be a good day for Swagbucks, between the extra codes and normal searches, I earned 94SB. That doesn't include SBTV!

Day 21: Green Smoothie Challenge

February 22nd, 2012 at 02:49 am

Well I missed my smoothies for Saturday and Sunday became I'm still out of town. Instead of buying a blender, I bought the big jug of Odawalla Green machine. I've had 8 ounces both yesterday and today. I can definitely tell the difference between the store brand(much sweeter) and when I make them fresh. But I guess it's better than nothing. I will back home on Saturday, so I will be getting back on track Sunday.

I'm still thinking up a challenge for March, any suggestions are welcomed.

$1 Bill Update & Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 17

February 18th, 2012 at 02:16 am

I currently have 24 dollar bills saved up for the month thus far. I also received a $10 check from ebates so I will be adding that as well.

I used up the last bit of fresh greens that I had today since I will be heading out of town in the morning but before I go I still plan on having a smoothie for breakfast. I will use the frozen green peas I have. Today I had:

Pomegrante juice
frozen banana

Sweet and delicious!

Something new for Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 16

February 16th, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I finally got to try a juice that I found on Jack Lalanne's website and it was extremely refreshing. Tomorrow I will finish up the last little bit of kale I have since I will be out of town all next week.

2 apples
1/2 lime

Day 15: Green Smoothie Challenge

February 15th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I can't believe we're halfway through the month. I already told creditcardfree that we have to come up with another healthy challenge for March. Any good ideas out there? Well I had my smoothie as a mid-morning snack.

1 cup water
frozen strawberries
half banana

USAA & Swagbucks

February 15th, 2012 at 02:31 am

I got a call today from USAA fraud dept stating there had been a hold placed on my card due to strange activity. It looks like someone got a hold of my debit card number online and was trying to buy bus tickets. All of this supposedly happened around the middle of last month so of course I asked why was I just being notified a month later but they didn't have a answer for that. I guess I would have known if I used my debit card but that account is mainly used for saving my snowflakes every month. Oh well, at least the little funds I have are safe. They will be sending me another card within the next few days.

On another note, a poster on the Dave Ramsey forum stated that one of the Amazon giftcards she ordered was somehow stolen from her account. She stated she never received an email stating it had posted but when she checked and tried to add it to her Amazon account, it stated it had already been used and she knows she hadn't added it. Reading her post made me get off my butt and apply the cards I had just sitting there to my account. I never heard of this happening before but I guess it does. You might want to apply your cards to your account if u haven't already!

Day 14: Green Smoothie Update

February 14th, 2012 at 07:16 pm

Boy was mine sweet today, I think it was the tangerine I added. Whatever it was, sure made it good.

1 cup water
frozen blackberries
frozen banana
1 tangerine
1 TBSP flaxseed

@Creditcardfree: any tips about how I can survive next week when I'm out of town? If they don't have a blender I'm thinking about buying a cheap one or buying big bottle of the healthy green smoothies sold in the store.

Day 13: Green Smoothie Challenge

February 13th, 2012 at 05:09 pm

I had a smoothie this morning after working out. I don't know why it's so hard to go workout but I'm always happy that I did when I'm done. What's up with that?

Like my accountability partner, I also tried a new ingredient today. It's also Meatless Monday for me, so today should be pretty good.

1 cup water
Frozen strawberries
Frozen banana

Day 12: Green Smoothie Challenge

February 12th, 2012 at 08:49 pm

Today's smoothie was light and simple. This week I'm focusing on using up whatever veggies/fruits I have in the house becuase I'm heading out of town on Saturday. I'm amazed at how this challenge has changed me thus far becuase I'm thinking ahead as to how I'm going to continue while I'm away. If they don't have a blender when I get there, they will once I leave Smile

Romaine lettuce
frozen strawberries
frozen mango

Zumba and Green Smoothie Challenge Update: Day 11

February 12th, 2012 at 12:00 am

I went to Zumba again today and I must say it kicked my butt; my legs are sore already. Last week I went To Zumba Advance class but it seems like I feel it more today from the Zumba basic class.

Today I decided to juice instead and if you read Creditcardfree's post it's all about accountability. Today I got somewhat of a late start so I didn't have a smoothie for breakfast and by the time I got back from Zumba I'm tired. But after I read her post I knew I had to stay focused and I'm so glad I did. Today's juice was very refreshing!

1/2 cucumber
1/2 lemon
2 apples

Another 1st with Green Smoothie Challenge: Day 10

February 10th, 2012 at 05:55 pm

Another first today, I had pomagrante juice with my smoothie and it was good.

Pomagrante juice
flax seeds

I can definitely see making green smoothies/juice a habit becuase it's such a small step that does so much good for your body!

Got all 5 Valentine Swagbucks!

February 10th, 2012 at 02:25 am

I just got the last one I was missing and it was worth 15SBs. To make it extra funny, I did a search on "swagbucks" and that's how I won!! They've already added the extra 14SBs for collecting all 5. How many have u collected? Keep swagging!!

Kale for the 1st time: Day 9 Green Smoothie

February 9th, 2012 at 08:07 pm

I can definitely tell the difference between spinach and kale. Either kale is strong or I didn't include enough fruits but it's still drinkable. I'm having it as mid-morning snack.

1 cup water
frozen banana
1 TBSP flax seeds

Day 8: Green Smoothie Challenge

February 8th, 2012 at 07:09 pm

I decided to juice today and having it as a mid-morning snack. It's pretty similar to yesterday but I definitely see why this recipe is for juice and not smoothie. Today's experiment is much better. I'm stopping by the store today to pick up some kale.

Romaine lettuce
green grapes
an apple

Day 7: Green Smoothie Challenge

February 7th, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Today I had my smoothie for lunch versus breakfast. I also learned things like apples/celery/lemons need to be cut into smaller pieces for my Vitamix but then again it doesn't help that the recipe I used was for a juver versus a blender..oops! It still turned it fine. I will make the juice tomorrow; it's the juice from the documentary Sick Fat and Nearly Dead.

Mean Green Juice
4 stalks of celery
1 cucumber
1 ginger root - (thumb size)
1/2 lemon
2 green apples
6 kale leaves ( I used the last bit of spinach I had)

Feb $1 Bill Challenge Update

February 7th, 2012 at 04:51 am

Starting out the month strong becuase I currently have $12. This is mainly due to beginning of the month grocery shopping. I also received a $25 AGC via Swagbucks today with 2 $5 cards still pending. Speaking of swagbucks, my last search hit for 26SB bringing my daily total for searches today to 44SB!

Anyone else out there saving $1 bills? If so, how r u doing?

Day 6: Green Smoothie Challenge

February 6th, 2012 at 05:00 pm

Happy Monday! I've worked out, took my vitamin and had my smoothie. Today I tried a recipe that Chuck(fellow SA blogger)recommended and it was pretty tasty.

The Purple Monster

1 cup cranberry juice
1/2 c of oatmeal
2 TBSP of plain yogurt
1 TBSP of flax seeds
handful of spinach
1 c of blueberries
few cubes of ice

Day 5: Green Smoothie Challenge

February 5th, 2012 at 08:44 pm

I decided to juice today instead of a smoothie and it was all veggies. It was pretty good.

green pepper

Using up the little bit of spinach I have then I will give kale a try for the first time!